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‘All Indians have the right to speak for the Mahatma’


TUSHAR Arun Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is in the news all over again. The Gandhi scion, who led a re-enactment of the historic Dandi March in 2005, is now seeking to put a full stop... More

Architectural history – an essential to understand the future


For Farhan Karim of Bangladesh origin, the knowledge and introspection that architectural history offers is an education that is needed for society in essence to understand not so much the past but the present and the future.... More

As Doklam embers die down, India puts finishing touches to China-centric research...


In early October, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a circular calling for consultants from the private sector. Hardly a new occurrence – the ministry, in its mission to tap external talent, has issued four such... More

From enigmatic Sonia Gandhi to impulsive Rahul Gandhi, Congress is set for...


As Rahul Gandhi gets ready to take over as Congress president in the coming weeks – with Sonia Gandhi having told the news channel NDTV on October 13 that “it is now happening” – there is a sense of... More

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River could fuel more conflicts in the country


Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar was once called “Asia’s rice bowl”, and... More

60+ is India’s fastest growing demographic. Yet, public policy largely ignores the...


Kisturi Devi, 62, lives with her two daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren in Ballana village of Alwar district in Rajasthan. All three women are widowed. Since 2013, Devi has been receiving an old-age pension of Rs 500 per... More

America’s ‘new’ Afghanistan policy no more than a facelift


South Asia had its fingers crossed as it waited to hear the new US administration’s policy on the region, which usually revolves around the never-ending dilemma that is Afghanistan. However, once it was finally announced on August... More

Modi’s promise of a ‘New India’ looks shaky amid economic chaos


Suddenly, the BJP is feeling besieged by news of economic distress all around. After a badly botched up demonetisation exercise, we are seeing an equally botched up implementation of the GST which has sent small businesses into a tailspin,... More

Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech


The much discussed speech by Congress scion Rahul Gandhi at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the guest of honour, can be singled out from his previous speeches on one visible count – clarity of... More

Bangladeshis accuse Myanmar of attempting to overwrite history


As hundreds of thousands fled violence in Myanmar, a statement by the country’s powerful military chief further shocked the world with an attempt at concocting a revisionist history. Reports  bdnews24.com . Amid the reports of slaughter, rape and... More

Modi’s visit won’t push Myanmar away from China toward India


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during his three-day visit to Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month. Following Htin Kyaw's and Suu Kyi's India visit in 2016,... More

Public anger brews in Bangladesh over India’s stance on Rohingya crisis


The dissatisfaction in Dhaka has been building up steadily. While India had given its full backing to the internationally-isolated Myanmar government on the Rohingya crisis, it had to face the reality that those statements are putting the... More

The folly of jeopardizing US-Pakistan ties


Taking his country back to Square 1, President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy offered nothing new except forsaking old frontline ally Pakistan and coercing new strategic ally India to deliver. Having spent US$1 trillion on the 16-year battle without... More

Xi chairs summit to set course for next golden decade of BRICS


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday chaired the ninth BRICS summit, calling on the group of five emerging economies to intensify cooperation and contribute more to a world troubled by protectionism and imbalanced development. "We must redouble our... More

India banned cash to fight corruption. It didn’t work


Nearly 10 months after India’s unprecedented ban on high value notes that was designed to tackle entrenched corruption, bribery continues to oil the wheels of business in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to a U.S. risk management firm... More

New US strategy for Afghanistan


As the new US administration mulls over how to best deal with the Afghan imbroglio, the Taliban have sent an open letter to Trump advising him to completely pull US troops out of the country. The chances... More

Will Pakistan find stability following its latest political shake-up?

Pakistan’s supreme court’s unanimous—if disputably reasoned—decision to remove Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, together with the Pakistan Muslim League’s easy management of leadership transition, has likely averted months of political turmoil. A decision by the justices to... More

Stung by Ansari’s observations, Modi and BJP take potshots at outgoing VP


His tenure was distinguished and the time he spent in office is matched only by S. Radhakrishnan but Mohammad Hamid Ansari will probably go down in the history books as the vice-president who received the bitterest of farewells from... More

Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?


During the last decade, China has heavily invested in ports across the world spanning from Africa to Australia. In South Asia, they built the Gwadar Port in Pakistan and the Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka. Despite being... More

How JR was coerced by New Delhi to sign the Indo-Lanka Accord...


Thirty years ago, on this day (July 29th. 1987) an accord was signed by the then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Junius Richard Jayawardene the then President of Sri Lanka in Colombo that had far reaching... More

Malabar 2017: Does India have a friend in the Japanese Navy?


The recent participation of Japanese warships JS Izumo and JS Sazanami in the trilateral Malabar 2017 naval exercises (along with the Indian and US navies) marks the beginning of a new phase in Japan’s maritime power projection.... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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